On The Shelf by Paul 7/19/17

Issue 2017 – 8
Children’s Summer Reading Program
There is still plenty of time for children to take part in the Downieville Library’s Summer Reading Program. All a child needs to do is to check out books from the library (or read them in the library) and keep a record of books read on the forms provided. Children who have read throughout the summer, and kept a record of the books they read, will receive a free book of their own choosing at the Fall, 2017, Book Faire at Downieville School.

The other feature of the Summer Reading Program, Reading with Rachel, still has three sessions left, all on Thursdays: July 27, August 10, and August 24. Rachel reads with children aged 8 and under from 1:00 to 1:30 PM, and with children aged 9 and older from 1:45 to 2:30 PM. At each of those times, for each of the three remaining sessions, a drawing will be held to present one child with a new book of their own.

Book Share & Review Group
Continuing with the books that were shared at the June 27 gathering:
The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff: using quotes directly from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books, as well as creative conversations between the author and Pooh and his friends, this short book presents a basic understanding of the Chinese philosophy of Taoism. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
White Tears, by Hari Kunzru: a novel about race and art, the story tells of two young white men living in New York City who appropriate an old blues song for their own profit. As NPR says, [the book] is part thriller, part literary horror novel, and…a timely novel about a topic that’s frequently discussed in America…” (Not currently in the Downieville Library.)
Pessimisms: Famous (and Not So Famous) Observations, Quotations, Thoughts, and Ruminations on What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Worst, by Eric Marcus: this brief book is filled with “pessimistic” — and often hilarious — quotes by a whole variety of people on a variety of topics, e.g., life, people, family, health, aging, politics, the state of the world. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, by Louise Morris: set in eastern Poland during the Second World War, this novel is the tale of two Jewish children sent into the forest to escape Nazi pursuers, ending up at the cottage of a Polish woman whom the people in the nearby village consider to be a witch. It is a story of terror, loss, and hope. (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)
Truth and Beauty: A Friendship, by Ann Patchett: in this memoir of the author’s twenty-year friendship with the late Lucy Grealy (poet and memoirist), as one review states, “[the author] shines a fresh, revealing light on the world of women’s friendships and shows us what it means to stand together.” (On the shelf at the Downieville Library.)

The next gathering of the Book Share & Review Group will be on Tuesday, August 22, at 1:00 PM.

What’s New on the Shelf
Several books of fiction have recently been added to the collection at the library:
The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende
The 6:41 to Paris, by Jean-Philippe Blondel
The Spy, by Paulo Coelho
A Gun for Sale & The Ship-Wrecked, by Graham Greene
The Virgin’s Lover, by Philippa Gregory
The Orphan’s Tale, by Pam Jenoff
Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
Artemisia, by Alexandra Lapierre
Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel (winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize)
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Icy Sparks, by Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Katherine, by Anya Seton